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Otsego Electric Spending $3.9 M To Expand High Speed Internet

Otsego Electric Spending $3.9M

To Expand High Speed Internet

Otsego Electric Cooperative CEO Tim Johnson briefs Otsego Now directors this morning on the Hartwick-based cooperative’s $3.9 million plan for a fiber-optic internet network to serve its members across the county with promised speeds of 1gbps with no data caps.  The expanded service, which he anticipates being completed by the end of 2018, will cost members $59.95 per month for fast and reliable Internet service, a commodity that county residents have been requesting for many years.  (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)

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In Oneonta, Faso Explains Vote On GOP Tax-Cut Bill

In Oneonta, Faso Explains

Vote On GOP Tax-Cut Bill

Congressman John Faso, R-19, is at Otsego Now’s headquarters at 189 Main St., Oneonta, at this hour, discussing his vote against the Republican tax-cut bill in Congress last week. Participating are, from left, NBT Bank Regional Executive Jamie Reynolds, Country Club Automotive proprietor Tom Armao and Jeff Haggerty of Haggerty Ace Hardware, Cooperstown. With her back to the camera is Julie Dostal, LEAF executive director.  Faso issued a statement after the vote saying, while he supports simplifying the tax code, removing the SALT deduction for state and local taxes, as well as the mortgage-interest deduction will be too much of a burden on his 19th District constituents. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Tom Armao, Patricia Kennedy Fill 2 Otsego Now Board Spots

Tom Armao, Patricia Kennedy

Fill 2 Otsego Now Board Spots

Patricia Kennedy
Tom Armao

COOPERSTOWN – Country Club Automotive proprietor Tom Armao and Springbrook President Patricia Kennedy were appointed this morning to fill two vacancies on Otsego Now, the county IDA.

The county Board of Representatives voted unanimously, with one abstention, at its monthly meeting.

 

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Jody Zakrevsky Hired As Otsego Now CEO
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Jody Zakrevsky Hired

As Otsego Now CEO

By LIBBY CUDMORE • www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – Jody Zakrevsky, the former executive director of the Amsterdam IDA, has joined Otsego Now as the full-time CEO.

Zakrevsky, who joined the Amsterdam IDA in 2011, oversaw the development of The Edson Street Industrial Park, which includes tenants such as Losurdo Foods, Washburns Ice Cream/Refrigerated Lines, Mohawk Signs, Town & County Bridge and Rail, Bush Carpentry & Millwork and Northeast Riggers.

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Richfield Youth Sports Preparing For Otsego Now Project Committee

Richfield Youth Sports Preparing

For Otsego Now Project Committee

Richfield Youth Sports President Len Pickens, volunteer Cindy Klemm and attorney Doug Zamelis walk the property south of Richfield Springs where they hope to locate a youth sports complex. The three will be preparing a proposal seeking to have Otsego Now donate the 50 acres, which are assessed at $98,000, for that purpose.  For details, see this week’s Freeman’s Journal, available Wednesday afternoon at Stewart’s, Price Chopper and other local outlets. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Richfield Youth Sports Park Organizers Seek IDA Parcel

Richfield Youth Sports Park

Organizers Seek IDA Parcel

Cindy Klemm of Richfield Youth Sports introduces Len Pickens, RYS president, at this morning’s Otsego Now meeting, where he asked the county IDA to turn over a former development site off Route 28 to be developed as permanent athletic fields for the community’s young people. Longterm, the goal would be to build a recreation center/gymnasium. Cooperstown has the Clark Sports Center, Pickens said, and the county’s third-largest community needs to fill similar needs. The contingent, which included Richfield Springs architect Jim Jordan, behind Pickens, and attorney Doug Zamelis, received a positive reception from the board, which said the plan would be referred to the its projects committee.  The site in question has been proposed for a commerce park, but was never developed, due to a lack of municipal water, and the discovery of Native American artifacts.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Watch Full June Meeting Of Otsego County Board

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Despite losing all staff and three board members, Otsego Now Board President Devin Morgan reassures the Otsego County Board of Representatives that, despite temporary stress, the changes allow the remaining board to hire a CEO, who will hire his or her staff, and begin implementing the organization’s master plan. Other topics that came before the county board at its June meeting on the 7th included transport of compressed natural gas and whether to bring a county manager aboard.
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MATHES, WHO REVITALIZED IDA, LEAVING

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MATHES, WHO

REVITALIZED

IDA, LEAVING

Mayor Gary Herzig seeks assurances that Otsego Now will maintain its commitment to Oneonta’s DRI and the redevelopment of the D&H yards. Otsego Now board chair, Devin Morgan, sought to reassure the mayor. From left are Sandy Mathes, Morgan, Herzig and departing COO Elizabeth Horvath. Board member Sarah Harvey has her back to the camera. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

3rd Resignation Creates

Crisis For Otsego Now

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.allotsego.com

Bob Hanft was diplomatic about his resignation from the Otsego Now board. Jim Salisbury, right, was more blunt.

ONEONTA – The coup is complete.

Sandy Mathes, who revolutionized economic development in Otsego County in the past three years, has given the 90-day notice required by his contract, and will be departing as CEO of the Otsego Now organization he created by summer’s end.

As if to punctuate the end of an era, Bob Hanft of Pierstown, who chaired what was then the county IDA when Mathes was brought aboard in January 2014, and veteran board member Jim Salisbury of Otego, announced they are leaving the Otsego Now board.

Hanft, the retired J.P. Morgan managing director, was typically diplomatic, thanking his colleagues for “a great seven years,” and adding, “We always said this thing is a marathon, and it is.”

But Salisbury, a retired banker, was blunt.  “I’m done with this organization. ’Bye.”

New board member Cheryl Robinson, who chaired the board’s recently formed Reorganization Committee that proposed replacing Mathes with a full-time executive, moved to abolish the committee, which is “at the end of its charter,” she said.

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Mathes Resigns At Otsego Now

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Mathes Resigns

At Otsego Now

ONEONTA – Sandy Mathes, who as CEO of Otsego Now revolutionized economic development in Otsego County over the past three years, has resigned.  He gave the 90-day notice required by his contract, the Otsego Now board learned this morning.

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COO Elizabeth Horvath Resigns From Otsego Now

COO Elizabeth Horvath

Resigns From Otsego Now

Elizabeth Horvath

ONEONTA – Elizabeth Horvath, Otsego Now chief operating officer, announced her resignation today.  She has accepted another position, and said she would announce the details at a later date.

Her hiring was announced in January 2014 along with that of Sandy Mathes, Otsego Now CEO, at a press conference in IDA office in Oneonta’s old city hall.

Prior to the IDA, she was a senior director at CEB, a member-based advisory firm, managing research and client relationships in the Corporate Strategy practice, and holds a B.A. from Harvard and an M.A. from the University of Sydney, Australia.

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